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MD July Reflection

MD July Reflection

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MONTHLY DEVELOPMENTSForum 2012: Engage, Learn, Build
 
 July 2012
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The InterAction Forum has become the leading gathering of nonprofit professionals and ourpartners, providing a space for strategic thinking on thewide spectrum of issues in the fields of development andhumanitarian relief. In order for InterAction and thebroader development community to create sustainable,long-term solutions that will serve vulnerablepopulations, we need to harness the strength of multiplesectors, each with different perspectives and mandates.The InterAction Forum provides a compelling venue forthese actors to engage, learn and build.The past year has presented great challenges for ourcommunity,from the threat of devastating cuts in foreign
 
assistance,to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa,to the alarming attacks on civil society in Egypt and othercountries around the world. As we work to address thearray of issues both immediate and on the horizon, theForum is a space for InterAction members and partners tobe on the cutting edge of international developmentthinking
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to hear and contribute to discussions on how tomeet these challenges most effectively.Forum 2012 was our largest to date, with over 1,000attendees from over 350 organizations. InterAction members and partners from NGOs, corporations, foundations, government, the private sector and international organizations joinedtogether for a productive, high-energy gathering. It was exciting to welcome the people whowork with the InterAction community on a daily basis around the world.The Forum provided participants with access to some of the brightest and most forward-thinkingminds in the development and humanitarian spheres. Attendees had the chance to hear fromspeakers such as Robert Zoellick ,president of the World Bank; Maria Otero,under secretary of  state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights; Judith Rodin,president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Rebeca Grynspan,associate administrator of the UN Development
 
Programme; Nemat Shafik, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund;Daniel Brutto, president of UPS International; and Geoff Lamb, president of global policy andadvocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to name a few.One of the most exciting sessions featured three young women from Afghanistan, Egypt and ElSalvador discussing gender and political change in their countries. Senior USAID staff participated extensively, including Donald Steinberg,deputy administrator; Susan Reichle,
 
assistant to the administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning; Lisa Gomer,
Samuel A. WorthingtonPicture| Bio

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